New Year, New Look for Sight Life
Sight Life has a new logo for 2023 to publicise our brand message and the work we do to support people with sight loss across South Wales.
Sight Life was set up in 1865. Formerly known as Cardiff Institute for the Blind, the charity changed its name to Sight Life in 2019.
The name Sight Life acknowledges that the charity’s life changing work with blind and partially sighted people takes place across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot as well as Cardiff.
The new logo represents a number of eye conditions (see notes below), reflecting the fact that Sight Life offers practical support and advice to anyone with any form of limited sight in South Wales.
The logo features a white stick figure person in a circle with their hands raised in celebration against the blue background.
This positive image recognises that blind and partially sighted people say Sight Life gives hope where there was only despair before they found us.
One client told us, “I owe my life to Sight Life”, whilst another said:
“I’m in a good place thanks to Sight Life’s dedication to everybody with sight problems, to try and get them out to live a fulfilling life, to do the things you want to do. It’s been massive, what a boost they’ve given me”.
Sight Life’s staff enable members to improve their physical and emotional well being, enjoy independent lives, get or stay online and remain part of the community.
Reducing isolation is a key part of Sight Life’s work, especially for those facing the trauma of sight loss in later life.
Research shows that we fear losing our sight more than any other disability. Yet, one in five of us will experience sight loss life.
Through Sight Life’s partnerships with the NHS, Local Authorities and the commercial and third sectors, they also reduce reliance on primary care services.
Richard Harvey, CEO of Sight Life, said “As an independent charity – and one of the oldest in Wales – we continually seek innovative ways and mutually beneficial partnerships to nurture the wellbeing of our growing number of service users.
We are keen to demonstrate that we are here to help and can make a positive impact for anyone with sight loss across the wide range of sight conditions that people may have.
Sight Life’s new logo highlights the positive and inspiring message that life doesn’t end with a sight loss diagnosis. In fact, it may just be a new beginning.”
The potential eye conditions that the new logo covers include:
- Eye movement disturbance including nystagmus; the position of the ‘eye’ between 11 and 2.
- Glaucoma; visual field loss.
- Macular degeneration; distortion and loss of central vision.
- Retinal detachment; loss of vision and the characteristic ‘table-top’ appearance of the detached retina.
- Cataract; star burst effect on light with early cataracts, change in colour vision and loss of vision as they progress.
- Optic nerve disease; deterioration of colour vision.
About Sight Life
Sight Life changed its name from Cardiff Institute for the Blind in 2019 to reflect the fact that we work beyond Cardiff, including Swansea and RCT (Rhondda Cynon Taf). The name change also recognises the fact that we support people with any degree of sight loss, not only those who are blind.
Sight Life is here to support people with all forms of sight conditions, together with offering support to their families, friends and carers.
Sight Life provides statutory services to people with sight loss on behalf of the local Councils in Cardiff and Swansea.
In cooperation with the NHS, we provide a support service (ECLO: Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) for patients newly diagnosed with sight loss in University Hospital of Wales (UHW “The Heath”) in Cardiff.
Our aims are to ensure that people with sight loss can take part in all aspects of society, including work and leisure.
We offer a range of training, clubs and activities including audio-described theatre trips, confidence building, cooking, drama, employment support, fitness, gardening, IT, music, photography, rambling and yoga to people with sight loss.
Established in 1865, we are one of Wales’ oldest charities. In spring 2022 we returned to being an independent charity after being part of the UK wide RNIB Group since 2009.
We have approximately a dozen staff and annual income in the region of £440,000 from statutory contracts, grants, trusts, The National Lottery, donations and legacies.
Sight Life does not charge for its services. We rely on fundraising and donations for most of our income.
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